Leeds witnessed an inspiring display of community strength, determination, and resilience as the city’s first Recovery parkrun took place on Woodhouse Moor amidst cheers, laughter, and a sense of accomplishment.
Organised on the final day of this year’s International Recovery Month, September 30, 2023, the event brought together individuals in recovery from issues with drugs and alcohol, along with their families, friends, and local supporters, for a day of unity, hope, and celebration.
668 registered runners took part, many of them Woodhouse Moor parkrun regulars. But, numbers were significantly boosted on Saturday morning by people in recovery from across Leeds.
The event also saw an outpouring of support from numerous volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to ensure the smooth running of the event, highlighting the power of collective effort in creating positive change.
Against the picturesque backdrop of Woodhouse Moor, participants and volunteers alike showcased the transformative power of community engagement, emphasising the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues.
“We are incredibly moved by the overwhelming success of the first Recovery parkrun in Leeds,” said Woodhouse Moor Park Run Event Director Anne Akers. “The turnout and support from the community reflect the collective commitment to supporting individuals in their journey to recovery.
“We are immensely grateful to everyone who participated, volunteered, and contributed to making this event a resounding success.”
Michael Waters from 5 WAYS, who helped to organise the recovery community participation said, “I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun organisers and to the volunteers, and participants who made this event possible”.
“Their dedication and enthusiasm have made a significant impact, helping raise awareness about addiction and mental health issues while fostering a sense of community and acceptance.”